Gabon opposition figures summoned over deadly demonstration

Protesters clash with police in the Rio district of Libreville, Gabon, on December 20, 2014Leaders of Gabon’s political opposition were summoned for questioning Wednesday following violent weekend protests against President Ali Bongo Ondimba that left at least one person dead, an official said. The summons to appear before judicial authorities came four days after banned demonstrations in Libreville on Saturday erupted in violence between protesters and a large police deployment, resulting in scores of injuries, widespread property damage and around 100 arrests. Late Wednesday morning, a delegation of opposition leaders — including Jean Eyeghe Ndong, the last premier of late Gabon president Omar Bongo Ondimba, and former African Union secretary general Jean Ping — answered the judicial police summons for questioning.

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